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On a night in which the first Lucha Ilimitado card was delayed for over an hour because of heated ongoing negotiations between the show’s organizers and the Washington State Department of Licensing, it was actual in-ring wrestling that still managed to send the fans home happy (at least the ones who stuck around and didn’t get refunds).
In the first match, Lucha Ilimitado Commissioner Larry Belton more or less took matters into his own hands, defying the D.O.L. by sending Ave Rex & Sonico to the ring to face The Amerikan Gunz (Mike Santiago & Ethan HD) to start the show. After a hard fought battle plagued by lighting issues inside the arena, Rex & Sonico prevailed.
In the second bout, Washington’s own Su Yung lived up to her reputation as wrestling’s reigning wild woman, earning a three-way victory over the popular La Avispa and the self-professed “Queen of Glitter” Kate Carney. Prior to the match, the D.O.L. forced referee Alex Robinson to leave the ring due to a licensing issue. He was replaced by Carl Cunningham.
In the third bout, MVP was escorted to the ring by Lucha Ilimitado representative Damara Vargas (a clearly symbolic act of defiance since the state had ruled MVP “unlicensed” before the show). This, despite the fact that the wrestler had passed Washington’s required doctor’s exam the day before. By stepping foot in the ring, MVP essentially turned the card into an “unsanctioned and unlicensed event.” The Washington state officials reportedly then left the arena in anger, vowing an investigation (presumably with fines and suspensions to follow). MVP won his match, pinning King Khash.
In match number four, the inaugural Corazón de Oro titleholder was crowned following a four-way match between former Lucha Underground champion Fénix el Rey, current CZW World champion Jonathan Gresham, current Global Force NEX*GEN champ Sonjay Dutt, and former Olympian Jeff Cobb. Fénix ended the match, and took home the belt, by pinning Gresham.
In the fifth lucha, it was the American return of the legendary El Hijo del Santo, as the icon teamed with his son, rookie sensation El Santo Jr., to take on a couple of old rivals, Juventud Guerrera & Psicosis (aka Nicho el Millionario). After a back-and-forth war, the Santos won with a double camel clutch.
Closing out the show was a battle between two three-time former WWE World champions, Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy. Arguably two of the most popular stars of the past two decades, Hardy and Mysterio put on a clinic, hitting all their signature moves (including the 619, the Swanton Bomb, and the Twist of Fate) before Rey finally wrapped up the victory with an Eddy Guerrero Frog Splash. As Hardy and Mysterio embraced in a show of respect, both men were attacked by Juventud Guerrera & Psicosis (who had earlier expressed anger that their match didn’t close out the show). Mysterio and Hardy joined forces to drive out their assailants, then celebrated with the fans at ringside.
Not appearing were Sami Callihan (sidelined due to an injury) and Jessicka Havok (who stayed behind in Orlando to care for Callihan). Konnan was in the building but missed his scheduled interview due to dealing with the commission.
The entire card was documented for the upcoming feature film entitled Lucha Ilimitado vs The State of Washington.